Leonardo Sandri

Catholics surprised by Benedict's resignation

Catholics surprised by Benedict's resignation

Crystal Sewell knows what she wants to see in the next pope: a combination of the last two.

"I'm a conservative soul," the 29-year-old Reservoir Hill woman said Monday after the midday Mass at St. Alphonsus Church in downtown Baltimore. "I feel like John Paul II had this particular zeal for youth and that brought the youth closer to the Church. Benedict took over with instilling older traditions into today's youth, which brings a whole new focus on what it means to be Catholic today."

Archbishop William E. Lori said the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, to be chosen next month by the College of Cardinals, must be "a faithful and loving teacher" with...